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‘Urinetown, The Musical’: When you need to go, you need to go

August 28, 2018

“Urinetown, The Musical,” a comedy which satirizes everything from bureaucracy and politics to corporate mismanagement, will be onstage at Ridgefield Theater Barn, Thursday, Sept. 6, through Friday, Sept. 28.

Featuring music & lyrics by Mark Hollmann, plus book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, “Urinetown” earned three Tony Awards in 2002 — one for Best Musical, another for Best Original Score and a third for Best Direction of a Musical.

This comedic romp tells an unusual tale which takes place in an undisclosed city, where a 20-year drought has created a terrible water shortage. That, in turn, had led to a government ban on private potties and the proliferation of paid public toilets. The pay potties are owned by the greedy folks at one giant business, called Urine Good Company.

Meanwhile, the poor are told if they violate the laws prohibiting free urination, they’ll be sent away to a mysterious, dreaded place called Urinetown. A brutal police force tries to enforce the rules. But of course there’s a revolt — because when you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go — and the whole thing is wickedly funny.

Ridgefield Theater Barn’s production will be directed by Deb Failla, with musical direction by Lisa Riggs Hobbs. Seating is cabaret style and audience members are encouraged to bring food drinks to enjoy before the show. Doors open one hour prior to curtain.

Ridgefield Theater Barn, 37 Halpin Lane. Thursday, Sept. 6, through Friday, Sept. 28. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 and 23, 5 p.m. Thursday Sept. 6 and 27, 8 p.m. $38 adults, $30 students, seniors, and veterans. 203-431-9850, www.ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org

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